Even when I’m not feeling well. My seasonal allergies lately have been awful and I’m never affected by them. This year is another story. I’ve had the worst sore throat and haven’t felt great, and all I’ve been craving is Mexican food. Pretty sure 90% of my meals this week have been burrito bowls, more burrito bowls, tacos, these taco lettuce wraps, and chips and guac. The BEST.
These lettuce wraps are a thing of beauty for busy people because they literally take 20 minutes to make. All you have to do is brown the ground turkey, add some spices and a little ketchup (sounds weird but SO good in these), and add your toppings! I used salsa, guac, cotija, and cilantro. Feel free to get creative here though!
So the ketchup thing. Sounds bizarre but it added a touch of sweetness and moisture to the meat. Plus I freaking LOVE ketchup. Why didn’t I think of this sooner?
I barely missed the tortilla here! I love the crunchy lettuce as a switch-up because it’s a great way to get extra greens in and it’s super refreshing on these hot summer days.
Just realized this is the second recipe in a row that I’ve shared a Mexican inspired recipe that contains guacamole. Not sorry at all.
I’m thinking these will be perfect to take for work lunches as a nice little change from my usual salads. Don’t get me wrong I LOVE my salads, but it’s always nice to have a little change.
I mean, these tacos are practically salad, right?
Don’t you love when that happens?
- For the LETTUCE WRAPS:
- 1 pound lean ground turkey
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 3 tablespoons ketchup
- 2 tablespoons water
- butter lettuce leaves
- salsa for serving
- crumbled cotija cheese for serving
- chopped cilantro for serving
- For the GUACAMOLE:
- 2 avocados, pitted
- juice of half a lime
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- ¼ cup diced red onion
- 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
- pinch of salt
- Make the guacamole. Add avocados to a bowl and mash with a fork. Add the lime juice, garlic, red onion, cilantro, and salt and mash until desired consistency is reached. Season to taste with additional salt and lime if desired. Set aside.
- Heat a medium skillet to medium-high heat and add the ground turkey, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper. Cook for 6-7 minutes, or until cooked through. Once the turkey is almost cooked through, add the ketchup and water. Stir to combine. Once turkey is cooked, remove from the heat.
- To assemble tacos, put ground turkey on the butter lettuce leaves, top with salsa, the guacamole, crumbled cotija cheese, and chopped cilantro. Devour!